(Barbados Today) After months of frustration and suffering, much-needed cash will shortly be in the hands of some terminated Barbadian LIAT employees.
Attorney General Dale Marshall told Parliament on Tuesday night during the Estimates debate, that these are the workers who should have been paid by the Antigua and Barbuda government because they contributed every month to that country’s social security severance fund.
But Marshall contended that even though the Barbados Government was not legally obligated to pay those workers severance, it was out of a sense of humanity and care that the Mia Mottley administration will be ready with the details of the payout within days.
“We have determined that it would be appropriate to see how we can make some kind of payment ex-gratia, entirely on an ex-gratia basis, for those unfortunate souls who worked for LIAT, were contracted in Antigua, but who live here. But it would be an ex-gratia payment which will be made when the details are worked out,” the Attorney General stressed as he responded to a call from Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley for an update on the plight of the employees.